April 21, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 115 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 115

“Lonely, Single & Broke” by Nina

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Welcome to one humdinger of a crossword set by “Nina”, none other than John Henderson in drag!  He had donned industrial strength hob-nailed boots for this crossword.  Although there are a number of more straightforward clues, there are some real stinkers.  At the time of preparing the review, the wordplay for 3d still eludes the combined efforts of Crypticsue, Gazza and me to crack it.  Update: Elgar has given us the solution.  See below.

When solving this crossword, you should ignore the preamble to begin with and then solve the crossword as normal.  Although the grid is unusual in design, it is still a regular cryptic crossword.  Instructions will be given at the end on how to reveal the Nina that is hidden in the grid.

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NTSPP – 115

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 115

“Lonely, Single & Broke” by Nina

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Welcome to the latest in our series of puzzles, which have now been running every week for over two years.

This special puzzle has been prepared for those attending the Northern S&B meeting and it has kindly been made available to us.

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DT 26846 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26846 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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First of all, many happy returns of the day to Her Majesty the Queen, Big Dave, Libellule (a special one for the latter!) and anyone else whose birthday is today.   Big Dave is celebrating his birthday at the Sloggers & Betters in Todmorden and so I am in the hot seat for the day – I would have loved to join the celebrations but West Yorkshire is just a bit too far for a day trip from Kent!

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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